What to do when you are being cyber-bullied?

What to do when you are being cyber-bullied:

  • Block the cyber-bully.
  • Delete all the cyber-bully’s messages without reading them.
  • Talk and ask to a friend to help you with the cyber-bully.
  • Refuse to pass along cyber-bullying messages
  • Tell friends to stop cyber-bully
  • Tell an adult about the cyber-bully

Source: __http://www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying__

The cyber mentors video was about the ways to handle cyber-bullying.

The Brain Pop video told us to ask for help from a trusted adult when cyber-bullied, so that they can handle the situation.

Source: __www.brainpop.com/search/results.weml?keyword=cyberbullying__

“• Don’t give out private information such as passwords, pins, name, address, phone number, school name, or family and friends’ names. This information can be used by bullies and other harmful people on the Internet. Don’t even reveal your password to your friends. They might reveal it or use it against you in a fight.
• Don’t exchange pictures or give out e-mail addresses to people you meet on the Internet. Ask permission from parents when it is necessary to give such information.• Don’t send a message when you are angry it’s hard to undo things that are said in anger. • Delete messages from people you don’t know, or those from people who seem angry or mean. • When something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Get out of the site, chat, etc.• Realize that online conversations are not private. Others can copy, print, and share what you say or any pictures you send. Be careful!”-iSafe organizationSource: www.isafe.org/imgs/pdf/education/CyberBullying.pdf__

Action Steps for Parents and Schools:

  • Let kids know what behavior you find unacceptable. Ask how THEY would feel if someone called them obese, stupid, or a loser.
  • Ask for your child's help in becoming cyber savvy, suggests Detective Ray Kuter of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Montgomery County. "Ask your child to show you how to do something online. It makes the kid feel good, and you'll learn more about their level of sophistication."
  • Learn what controls are available through your Internet Service Provider. If you're not satisfied, you can switch providers or purchase software to accomplish the same end.
  • Have consequences in place if your kids violate family rules on Internet use, especially cyber bullying.
  • Keep computers in a public room in your home, Nelson and many others recommend.
  • Look for signs that your child might be a victim, says Kuter. These could include nightmares, school avoidance, or a sudden disinterest in the computer. Block messages from bullies or save evidence and try to identify the bully. Notify the school and, if there are threats or harassment, the police department
  • Consider enrolling in a course to bring yourself up to speed on computer use.

Schools can be just as effective:
  • Encourage your school district to develop a clear, comprehensive policy on acceptable computer use, both on and off school property. The policy should spell out what constitutes cyber bullying, and list consequences.
  • Establish a relationship with your local police department, perhaps inviting "cyber cops" to your school to speak to parents and kids on proper Internet use.
  • Make sure ethics is included in any computer instruction given at your school.
  • As Franek points out, you must work hand in hand with parents. Let them know what your "acceptable use" policy is and highlight changes from year to year.”
- Spark Action organization

Source: __http://sparkaction.org/content/cyber-bullying-no-muscles-needed:__